If there's nothing you love more in the world than being part of a huge, happy crowd wearing green top-hats as a visually spectacular parade sweeps by, then St Patrick's Day in Dublin is the event for you.
We were invited out to the event by Tourism Ireland and, by the end of our trip, we were strongly considering abandoning our luggage with the courier and taking off into the city to explore the place further.
Arriving in Dublin to an actual choir at the airport (apparently this wasn't for us, but still), we checked into The InterContinental Hotel in Dublin - otherwise known as the Greatest Hotel on Planet Earth™.
After a quick tour of the city - hi, Trinity College and St Patrick's Cathedral, it was time to head over to the actual parade, the theme of which this year was the future, 'Imagine If...'. The whole thing involved a lot of funky outfits, a house floating in the air by balloons, and a giant sculpture of Mars - which we're assuming will become a popular holiday destination in 2050.
Sat on an open-top bus and decked out in a series of green accessories, we were at the opportune angle to get pictures of the crowd doing weird but cute things - like sitting on the rooftops with a beer in hand, or lounging on an actual tree in St Patrick's Day attire with a pint of Guinness in hand.
Yes, that happened. No, we're not making it up.
The atmosphere in the city was beyond incredible. We've never seen SO MANY happy people gathered in one space before, hence why this rendition of 'Hey Baby' was so well received by the crowd.
The next day we got to explore another, quieter side of Dublin; the coastal town of Skerries. The snap below is of St Patrick's footprint; legend has it, he jumped from one island to another after the townspeople on Skerries cruelly stole his goat. Talk about rude.
He was apparently so fuming he landed with enough force to leave his imprint in the rock. Oh, and if you place your own foot in the gap and make a wish, it's guaranteed to come true. Unless your wish is to live in the InterContinental and eat at Marcel's Restaurant forever, in which case, you should really learn to wish within limits.
There are so many things to do in Dublin - whether you're looking for a short city break, a trip to the coast, or somewhere you can just relax and soak up the atmosphere, we couldn't recommend it enough.
For more information on what you can do in Dublin, visit Ireland.com, Visit Dublin - A Breath of Fresh Air, and FailteIreland.com. Also, check the hashtag #LoveDublin for more glorious pics of the city.
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